Upcoming Eco-Events

New York Negawatt Challenge

Location: 
All student residences
Date: 
October 29, 2014 - November 19, 2014

Use SLU's Dashboard to help reduce your residence's electricity use-make SLU Green-win a prize!

Members of the NY6, Colgate, Hobart and Williams Smith, Union, Hamilton and Skidmore compete with St. Lawrence to see which school can reduce the most electricity in their student residences over a three week period.  Students will also compete on campus for greatest reductions between dorms and theme/town houses.

The third year of the NY Negawatt Challenge runs from October 29th to November 19th.

Learn more about the competition and the dashboard that makes it possible.  

ADK Youth Climate Summit

Location: 
Wild Center, Tupper Lake
Date: 
November 12, 2014 - November 13, 2014

Please consider joining the St. Lawrence team of the Adirondack Youth Climate Summit if:

  • You are interested in taking a leadership role in SLU's Climate Neutrality Journey
  • You would like to spend two intensive days learning and planning with fellow SLU students and staff and sharing best practices with Colleges and Universities from the Northeast
  • You want to eat great local food-two days of breakfast and lunch and one yummy dinner all for free
  • You want to visit the Wild Center for free

Check out the details or contact Louise Gava with questions and/or interest

Crash Course in Environmental Activism and Leadership

Location: 
Sykes Formal Lounge
Date: 
November 15, 2014 10:00am - 4:00pm

Join environmental leaders from Clarkson, St. Lawrence, SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam for this training.  We’ll focus on running campaigns, power mapping, building allies, running effective meetings, planning events and more.

Lunch and snacks will be provided.

Please r.s.v.p.

Direct questions to: lgava@stlawu.edu

Training run by Alliance for Climate Education and sponsored by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

More Food, Smaller Footprint: Earth System Science and Biological Agriculture

Location: 
Eben Holden
Date: 
November 17, 2014 7:00pm

Alumnus Dr. Gerry Ross ('78) will give the annual Susan Caroline Ferguson Lecture.  The title of his lecture is "More Food, Smaller Footprint: Earth System Science and Biological Agriculture."  Dr. Ross and his partner, Janet Simpson, live on the island of Maui and operate Kupa'a Farms specializing in the production of award winning coffee.

"More Food, Smaller Footprint: Earth System Science and Biological Agriculture"

Modern agriculture faces a daunting task of feeding a growing population on a static or likely shrinking base of arable land. The philosophy of Earth system science examines cross-disciplinary interconnections of our planet from a holistic perspective. Applying these concepts to agriculture reveals important lessons that can help address key elements of human survival by utilizing and building on the strength of the soil ecosystem (i.e. biological agriculture). The soil ecosystem is an under explored aspect of modern agriculture but has evolved with plants since their emergence from the oceanic realm more than 400 million years ago and can be a powerful ally in the "more with less" challenge. Examples include drought resistance and enhanced mineral availability by culturing symbiotic soil fungus, using nitrogen fixing microbes to decrease our reliance on chemical fertilizers, and enhanced resistance to soil erosion through soil particle aggregation, a by-product of a healthy soil ecosystem. Perhaps the greatest opportunity of widespread application of biological agriculture will be sequestration of atmospheric carbon dioxide in the form of organic matter (humus) such that properly stewarded agricultural lands represent our best bet to rescue our planet from the brink of climate damage.

 

This event is hosted by the Geology department; all members of the campus community and the general public are welcome and encouraged to attend.